My first husband is the father to my sons. However,he is really only known as the 'sperm-donor', because he never tried to be a father. He was never there for the boys. He didn't attend their sporting events or their school events. And he lived in the same town. He has grandchildren now who don't like him and one who doesn't even know him. It is sad to think what he has missed out on. But I don't honor him either.
My current husband, Richard, became a real father to my sons. He took on a woman with two young kids. Kids without a dad. And he became their dad. He was strict. But generous. He was stern, but loving. He is 'the' FATHER to my boys. And I honor him today. Happy Father's Day Richard.
My sons are both fathers. My oldest is the father of the two grandchildren that I am raising. He has given up his responsibility towards his children. Drugs are more important. And that is sad. I cannot honor him. My youngest is a fantastic dad. He is divorced from his daughter's mother, but they parent her together. They call each other friends. The stand strong together. He also helps to father the two who live with me. I honor him. Happy Father's Day Justin.
The father to my 'adopted' four grandchildren,is Marvin. He is the perfect father. The father that I wish I had when I was growing up. He takes his kids everywhere with him. They go on camping trips...just him and four kids. Mom stays home. They love the zoo and the farm. And they visit often. I honor him. Happy Father's Day Marvin.
I have two brothers who are fathers. Happy Father's Day Chuck and Fred. My oldest brother, Chuck, filled in a father role for parts of my life. He walked me down the aisle the first time I married. (Maybe I should kick him for that one). He offers me advice now. Sometimes I listen. Most of the time it is good advice. Sometimes I just ignore him :) I honor them.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there. Good or bad you played a role in your kid's life. And today is the day we honor you.
#30summerdays photo challenge...the prompt today is:
Happy Father’s Day! Snap a pic or share one of an awesome dad!
|Richard and me at Paige's graduation|